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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,892 ratings  ·  1,109 reviews
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for so
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Hardcover, 330 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Little, Brown
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Emily May
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know how easy it is to believe you're doing the right thing if you say it to yourself often enough.

Little & Lion is the kind of book that sneaks up on you. You start reading and it all seems like a fairly quiet story about a sixteen year-old girl coming home from boarding school to see her loving family and supportive friends.

However, it soon becomes apparent that the book is so much more than it first seems. The author uses this warm, seemingly-average Californian family to explore sexu
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Emma Giordano
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
5/5! Love love loved Little & Lion so much!!

TW: bipolar II disorder, talk of suicide

Little & Lion was fantastic! I’m so pleased I read it. A truly heart-warming story about family, relationships, sexuality, and personal growth.

This novel is a very diverse and unique contemporary YA novel. Our main character Suzette is black (#ownvoices!!) and jewish, and over the course of the story, she comes to terms with the fact that she is also bisexual. I really adored watching Suzette discover her
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 2/28/19: So while I still do have a huge emotional connection to this book, this re-read opened my eyes up a little more to some issues in this book that I overlooked before. I still love this book a ton, but I definitely think that Brandy Colbert may have crammed a little too much into this book and didn't necessarily give everything the attention it needed to be fully flushed out. Womp.

Original read 8/8/17: This was FUCKING AMAZING. A black, Jewish, bisexual main character with a heart
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
This. was disappointing.

From the reviews of Pointe, Brandy Colbert's debut and one of my all-time favorite books, I think she could just be a polarizing author. Reviewers tend to find her books either fabulous or kind of messy. Unfortunately, Little and Lion falls into the latter category for me. If I'm being honest, this felt like just another contemporary, and my issues with the bi rep really took this down the drain for me.

Let's get into it.
🌺 THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK

♔ The complex, mu
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Lola
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
LITTLE & LION is a diverse book. I always take the time to mention that, because I am proud to see more and more books being written with people of colour as main characters and LGBT themes.

Suzette, also known as Little, is a beautiful black girl who is still trying to figure out her sexuality. Is she bisexual, pansexual, queer…? She’s especially trying to find an answer because there’s this beautiful half Black half Asian boy she thinks she may be falling for. But then there’s this girl she
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Romie
I'm sorry but I don't feel good enough about this book to write a proper review.

I think the bipolar rep was really well done, and so was the Jewish rep, it's probably one of the first times that I really felt like I could see myself, a Jewish person, in a book.

But I disliked the bi rep. I know not everybody felt the same, and me not liking it doesn't other bisexuals who identified with it are bad bisexuals, because they aren't. But I'm tired of having a bisexual character in a love triangle. I'm
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After a school year away at boarding school, Suzette flies home to California to help support her stepbrother, Emil, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But things take a complicated turn when they both fall for the same girl. Little & Lion is a compassionate, honest examination of integrity and love.


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chloe ✨
3.5 stars

I'm still processing my thoughts... There was a lot that I loved about this, but there were also a few things I had issues with.
Nic Stone
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea I needed this book so badly. For one, it features a black Jewish girl (she and her mother converted when she was 11). For another, it gives a wonderful example of how "family" isn't defined by blood or even by marriage, but by love and acceptance and a sense of belonging. For a third, it offered a really seating look into the idea of loyalty and the moral dilemma major secrets can sometimes present--especially if by keeping a secret, someone could wind up hurt.

I loved it so much!
✨    jamieson   ✨
Pros: fast reading, non conventional family, complex & strong sibling relationship, jewish & black rep, fast reading, ALISHA WAINWRIGHTS AUDIOBOOK NARRATION

Not sure on my rating yet, am gonna sit on it. So review to come
Audrey
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
“Lionel said as much to me once, how so many of the same people who are quick to empathize with physical disabilities don't understand why someone with depression can't just get up and get on with their day like the rest of the world. It's like they need a receipt that proves someone is actually going through some shit before they care about them.”

It is really hard to rate this book. I can’t say for sure that emotional cheating happens because of all the confusion I had, but at the same time I w
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Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
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What worked?
☆ This is a wonderfully diverse book. Our main character is a black, Jewish, bisexual girl who’s brother has bipolar disorder. Emil, Suzette’s childhood friend, is biracial – black/Korean – who has a hearing aid. Suzette’s best friend is lesbian- in fact, most of the secondary characters in this book are on the LGBQ+ spectrum.

☆ Brandy Colbert discusses ‘casual’ racist micro-aggressions throughout the book, as well as stigma
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really liked reading this book. It handled a lot of tough issues and it handled them very well. I went into this book rather blindly having never read anything by Brandy Colbert before and hadn't really seen any reviews for this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

Some of the things that I liked about Little & Lion:

Great Characters - Suzette and her family were really wonderful characters. They have
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Ava
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5, maybe?

This was so wonderful.

RTC.
Julie Ehlers
Little & Lion is a likable YA novel. It's got mostly interesting characters, makes good use of its Los Angeles setting, and isn't afraid to tackle a few heavy topics, including racism, coming to terms with your sexuality, and living with a mental illness. Unfortunately, the main character was a little blah and I wasn't super invested in what happened to her, so this book didn't always hold my attention very well. I almost put it on my pile of books to give away, which is where 3-star reads u ...more
Kelly
An incredible story about mental illness and the tolls it can take on a family -- even one that's close and open with one another. Colbert renders Lion(el) through both his highs and his lows of bipolar, and she creates a likable-but-flawed character in his sister Suzette (Little). Little is a bisexual Jewish black girl, struggling with how much of herself to show in her boarding school in Massachusetts, but this summer back in California has taught her the importance of being true to herself in ...more
Crazy4Books
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
In theory this should have been a quick read, but I wasnt compelled to pick it up so it took me longer than it should have. The summary for Little & Lion is a little spoilery in my opinion. I wish I hadnt read it because barely anything happens with the plot so the summary pretty much covers it all. This story is about familial relationships, mental health and the main character discovering her sexuality. Maybe its because Im not really into contemporaries, but I felt like not much happened ...more
Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books
Thank you so much, Hachette Book Group, for my advanced review copy of Little & Lion. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

Little & Lion is my favorite read this year and truth to be told, I love it in a way that is hard for me to describe. There are some books that you read that you just know will mean a lot to you and Little & Lion was definitely that for me. When I heard this book was being released, many months ago, I just knew I h
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Rachel Strolle
If this book is not on your radar, consider this the moment I forcefully and lovingly inform you about it.

Little & Lion is about a sister & brother. Technically speaking they are stepsiblings, but they are so close that the DNA differences are insignificant. Suzette (Little) is an incredible narrator--a Jewish black girl who has arrived home from boarding school for the summer. Suzette (Little) is figuring out her sexuality. Lionel (Lion) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Being
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Suzanne
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad at all. A good story about a family adjusting to one family member's mental illness. I didn't really connect with the characters in this story though. Usually I have no issue with that but for some reason I just couldn't. There were times I wasn't completely into the plot also. Not a bad book at all though.
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Little & Lion is a California dream of a book, a must-read for anyone who’s ever felt caught in between—places, people, identities, or two entirely different worlds.

Sixteen-year-old Suzette is home in Los Angeles for the summer after a year at boarding school in New England. Suz and her stepbrother Lionel have always been close, but their relationship isn’t as easy and effortless as it once was: Lion seems distant and unreadable, worried and frustrate
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Nadia
”“They were better when they were alive.’
‘Aren’t most things?””



3 stars
TW: suicide is mentioned multiple times
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*full review include favorite quotes and a spoiler section



The Writing
The writing in this was very easy to read and allows you to really fly through the book. Suzette is very honest with herself in not having a clue as to what she is doing or who is and that gives this book this raw feeling that you don’t get in a lot of contemporaries. I did feel like Suzette cou
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Trevor
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 strong stars! I liked this one more than POINTE & am so glad I decided to pick this one up. LITTLE & LION is a fantastic story of family & trying to do the right thing for the ones we love, no matter how hard that may be. I just have to state first that the representation is amazing- we have a black, bisexual, Jewish teen who is attempting to look out for her brother the best way she knows how. Suzette's stepbrother, Lion, is bipolar & decided to tell Suzette that he is now off ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot speak personally to the bipolar or bisexual representation in this book but from an outsiders perspective they seemed well handled, written, and explored. I was frustrated with the pacing and writing style of the book at the beginning, all the teasing as to what happened that sent Little away, but in the end I enjoyed the characters and the storyline.

I personally felt that there could have been more depth to the characters and the story, but I appreciated that problematic behavior was
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Liv (Stories For Coffee)
ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARS
Aleksandra
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
Little & Lion is a story about Suzette coming back home for the summer after studying in the boarding school. She's facing struggles of rekindling old friendships, she's figuring out her sexuality and her life back home after being away for a long time.

I enjoyed reading the book a lot! Family-focused character-driven stories are my gem. I appreciated the diversity and intersectionality.

Doubts
Before I get into more details about this wonderful book, I want to address my initial struggle to ra
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A poignant, gentle, and powerful book. What a way to start the year - with an excellent first book that sets the bar high for 2018.

- A wonderful character-driven book centered on Suzette, and how she navigates her life after returning home from boarding school.
- Do you know why I love this book? It's because it explores questioning sexual identity. The MC, Suzette, is in a stage in her life where she's questioning her sexual identity. She has an inkling of where she is, but she's still figuring
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Lauren Stoolfire
When it comes to Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, I've seen quite a few mixed reviews featuring great, good, meh, and worse reviews, but I still wanted to try it out for myself. The description of the story sounded to intriguing to pass up. Now that it's all said and done though I have to admit I'm kind of underwhelmed. I liked that the story is so focused on complex family relationships particularly between siblings and that it features good representation for instersectional diversity. Unf ...more
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I find books that heavily rely on characters to drive the plot to be my kryptonite; I also love seeing supportive family and friends with a little bit of romance on top. In this case, Little & Lion perfectly fit the bill. It’s not a surprise I love it.

The story is told from the point of view of Suzette a Black bisexual Jewish teen, who is back for a summer vacation in LA after spending the whole year in a boarding school. She’s grappling with a lot of things. First, she recently learns that
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Jaime
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
// Little & Lion was a good read. It focuses on teen Suzette and her blended family — and the past mistakes that Suzette must face while dealing with her brother’s bipolar disorder. I appreciated this novel because it showcased a variety of issues such as mental illness, sexuality and race/racism. Suzette was a good protagonist and reading from her perspective really made this story memorable. The part that stayed with me throughout this entire read was Suzette dealing with common stereotype ...more
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Brandy Colbert was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.


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“Lionel said as much to me once, how so many of the same people who are quick to empathize with physical disabilities don't understand why someone with depression can't just get up and get on with their day like the rest of the world. It's like they need a receipt that proves someone is actually going through some shit before they care about them.” 6 likes
“Bravery doesn't always look like you think it will. And it's never too late to stand up for the right thing.” 4 likes
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